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AACR-AACI National Day of Action

AACR-AACI Day of Action for Cancer Research Funding

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) are holding a “Day of Action” on June 5th to urge Congress to provide robust and sustained funding for the medical research – and cancer research in particular – that is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This Day of Action is being held in conjunction with the AACR-AACI joint Hill Day, which is taking place on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Send a message to your Members of Congress NOW!

Here is our message to Congress:

Thank you for making substantial investments in medical research over the last five years, including a $2.6 billion increase in NIH funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020.  To respond to the current COVID-19 emergency and continue our progress against cancer and other diseases, we urge Congress to do the following:

  • Provide at least $10 billion for the NIH in the next COVID-19 supplemental package to restart research, including clinical trials that have been put on hold due to the pandemic.
  • Increase funding for the NIH in FY 2021 appropriations to a total of at least $44.7 billion.  This reflects an increase of at least $3 billion.
  • Increase funding for the NCI to a total of at least $6.9 billion in FY 2021.

There are several easy ways that you can participate and make your voice heard!

1) Join our e-mail campaign, TAKE ACTION!

Use this link to send a message to a message to your Members of Congress about the importance of NIH and NCI funding. You can use our templated message and personalize it if you wish.

2) Send a tweet in support of medical research and tag your Members of Congress. Be sure to use the hashtags #FundNIH, #FundNCI, and #HillDayAtHome. Here are some sample posts:

  • I join @AACR and @AACI_Cancer in urging Congress to #FundNIH and #FundNCI. We must continue investing in life-saving research. [Insert your Member’s Twitter handle] please support at least $10 billion for @NIH in the next #COVID-19 supplemental to restart research.
  • Medical research saves lives! [Insert your Member’s Twitter handle] please support at least $44.7 B for @NIH and at least $6.9 B for @theNCI in FY2021 appropriations so we can continue progress against cancer and other diseases. #FundNIH #FundNCI. #HillDayAtHome
  • Happy to join @AACR and @AACI_Cancer #HillDayAtHome! [Insert your Member’s Twitter handle] please continue supporting cancer research and invest at least $44.7 B for @NIH and $6.9 B for @theNCI in FY2021. Cancer patients and researchers are counting on you. #FundNIH #FundNCI

Not sure where to find your Member’s Twitter handle? You can use this link:

3) Post a message on Facebook and tag your Member of Congress. Here are some sample posts:

  • COVID-19 has caused major disruptions to research labs and clinical trials across the country, jeopardizing advances against cancer and many other diseases. I join and @AACICancer in asking Congress to include at least $10 billion in supplemental funding for in the next COVID-19 emergency legislation.
  • Robust, sustained funding for medical research is critical to our quest to prevent and cure diseases including cancer. I’m asking [Tag your Member of Congress] to support at least $44.7 B (an increase of $3 B) for the and at least $6.9 B for NCI ( in FY 2021 so that we can continue to make much-needed progress.

Not sure how to tag your members of Congress on Facebook? Click here for a list: